Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. 

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Speech is human silence is divine yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Doubt of whatever kind can be ended by action alone.

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for and constantly quarrel with.

A laugh to be joyous must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt, its essence is love. It issues not in laughter but in still smiles which lie far deeper.

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.

No iron chain or outward force of any kind can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.

No violent extreme endures.

Wonder is the basis of worship.

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies or can die.

Not what I have but what I do is my kingdom.

Work alone is noble.

Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.

The outer passes away, the innermost is the same yesterday today and forever.

Show me the person you honor for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.

Narrative is linear but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

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